The weather and offense have not been friends of the Mustangs this week. The Lady Mustangs were smacked by the Franklin Lady Panthers on Thursday by a score of 15 to 4. The Lady Panthers advanced a couple of rounds in the state playoffs in the 2016 season and appear to be fielding another strong team for 2017. The Lady Mustangs lost some key players to graduation including Pitchers Rachel Matthews and also McCayla McCoy who is turning in school record performances at the North Georgia school she is attending. The Lady Mustangs also struggles last week against Madison.
On Thursday the Mustang varsity boys were luck to catch a perfect day for baseball except for chilly temperatures. The biggest problem was not the cold but the West Henderson Pitcher Zach Whisenut who kept the Mustangs power bats off the ball. The Mustangs recorded eleven ground ball outs of their possible twenty one chances. Whisenut also recorded four strikeouts and walked three. He surrendered five hits but the Mustangs stranded five runners. Whisenut was pulled after showing signed of tiring in the seventh. He was replaced with Ethan Jeffers with two Mustang Runners aboard and two outs. A misplayed pop-up in left field scored Tyler Walizer, a catching error got Bryce Junaluska home. With two base runners aboard the Mustangs needed a a long ball to bring it to one or at least a hit to bring the tying run to the plate. The error bug did not stay with the Falcons any longer after allowing two Mustangs to get on board. Cole Hooper was fanned to end the game with a 7 to 3 loss. The big hit of the day for the Mustangs was a solo home run by Trevor Lewis in the sixth inning. No Mustang had a multi-hit day. For the Mustangs Zebby Matthews pitched through five innings giving up six runs on eight hits. Alex Browning slammed a two run homer in the forth to stretch the Falcons lead to 5 to 0. The Falcons plated another run in the fifth when a Mustang error allowed Whisenut to score from third after being advanced on a single by Tim Mosso. Chance Mull came in to relieve Matthews in the sixth. After a less than spectacular start which including walking two players from West Henderson, Zach Whisenut’s sac fly added their seventh and final run. Alex Messer closed the game for the Mustangs. After giving up a lead off walk Messer induced there fly ball outs to conclude the game.
The Mustang boys travel to Franklin Friday for a 4:30 game against the Panthers. This game will be broadcast live on WRGC weather permitting. The Lady Mustangs are scheduled to face Hiwassee Dam in Sylva weather permitting.
Thursday was a big day for the Middle School Mustangs who traveled to Madison and got a three inning 18 to 2 win.